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Old 06-18-2019, 04:02 PM
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Front License plate any updates in 2019

Just upgraded from 2003 to 2010 Z4. New car was sourced from Florida - no license plate holes in the bumper and I'm not about to disfigure this beauty.

I looked in some of the older threads, nothing newer than 2014. Anyone come across a decent DIY bracket system that doesn't cost an arm (or a leg, and certainly not both)?
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Old 06-21-2019, 07:47 AM
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Have you looked on ebay ? Good luck !
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:24 PM
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been looking, nothing elegant. Most are tow bar socket implementations... it's an option, but not crazy about it. right now, plate is temp attached via a couple of spring loaded toggle bolts thru the plastic honeycomb grill... license hangs down a bit below the lowest plastic fascia (a good curb sensor?).

Looking for a device I've seen for other cars, attaches to bottom of front end and then slides out and up. Nothing "compatible" with the E89 so far

You would think someone would have solved this for way under $100.

Have seen these [URL="https://skenebrackets.com/"] it's a possibility, but would really like to have a single piece vs dealing with getting two pieces to line up properly - really don't want to make more than two holes - even if they are in places not visible!
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:33 PM
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Exclamation Front plate mounting

Several BMWs back I had a 530xi that had no installed bracket. And in NJ no front plate will get you snagged.
I did NOT want to drill holes in the front bumper and decided on another method that didn't involve any bolting or screwing ... I assembled the front plate in a basic black license plate frame. Then I used 3M body trim tape in 3-4 strategic locations (top, bottom, sides ... and an X in the middle for good measure. I thoroughly cleaned a flat section of the front bumper with some rubbing alcohol ... used a level and tape measure for a good, level, center location ... and stuck it there.

It was securely fastened for the 4+ years I drove that BMW ... and when I was ready to trade it ... the whole assembly was easy to use the fish-line method to remove the plate and the tape. No mess ... no holes, no fuss!

The Z4 has a wide, flat portion of the front bumper that would easily accommodate mounting with this method.
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Old 06-21-2019, 12:42 PM
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sounds interesting... "Fish line method "? What is that - you use a piece of monofilament (what test) like flossing and slide it thru the tape to pull it away from the bumper? Then clean (goo gone woks?) off remaining sticky stuff?

would this is close to what you used? https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-...3241071&rt=rud

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Old 06-28-2019, 12:47 PM
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I had the very same problem with my 2009 Z4. New Hampshire requires the front plate. I checked with BMW, they were of no help. I tried one of the only parts houses located in Portsmouth, NH, Bavarian Auto Sports. (which is not out of business) I bought mounting to the right towing point. It is a easy mount, and can be removed easily for washing and polishing. I had to buy two mounts, the other I used on my 2008 328IC. I bought the 2008 and took European Delivery, the factory mounted the long front Euro plate with glue to the front bumper. It came off easily when the care was delivered to Louisiana. I wouldn't drill any holes in my front bumper.
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Old 06-28-2019, 01:01 PM
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Thanks... I really don't like the off center tow bar solution, but I opted to try it. The Skene Design bracket looks like it would work, but I prefer to do no surgery to what is currently a near perfect 2010 Z4... will see how this goes.
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